Taking up studies in biomedical sciences at St Edmund Hall, Oxford in September 2016 has opened new horizons for Joe Morris.
He said: “It is giving me an excellent opportunity to develop my career options outside rugby. Last season I was lucky enough to be in the Worcester Cavaliers team against both Oxford and Cambridge in their build-up to the Varsity Match.”
He joined Worcester Warriors at U16 level and played for the U18 team, alongside his studies in Year 13 at King Edward VI Aston Grammar School, in A-level biology, chemistry and maths. He was also the school's rugby captain. Before that he attended Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, where he was born.
Joseph first played at King Edward VI at the age of 11, where he was encouraged to join his local club Sutton Coldfield which he did when playing for the U13 team.
He progressed through to the U17 side and said: “Ceri Jones, the Warriors Academy forwards coach and Peter Walton, the England U18 forwards coach, have been a huge influence – helping to develop my technical skills and understanding of the game.
"Terry Finn and Neil Ibbetson at King Edward’s, contributed to my growth as a player and my brother Sean has provided an excellent pool of advice, giving many honest post-match reviews to support my career.”
His representative honours include Greater Birmingham, North Midlands and England at U16 level and he also played against France U17 for the England Academies in April 2015. He started Tae Kwon-Do at the age of four and was a black belt five years later. He said: “The synergy between rugby and Tae Kwon-Do has been important in my development.”
In the year that Joseph represented England U16 team he became a more permanent front row player after being a No. 6 or No.8. David Pocock has been his inspiration and Ben and Owen Franks represent the type of player into which he wants to develop.
His favourite ground, for great reasons, is his old school's pitch. Joseph added: “It’s known as Trinity Road, and it’s not because it’s a huge or spectacular stadium but because it’s a simple and typical school rugby ground that holds many fond memories.”
Joseph's dream holiday destination is Orlando in Florida because of its theme parks. He mostly listens to dance and house music and chicken tikka madras curry goes down well when he watches Friends or Big Bang Theory on TV. His favourite computer game is Call of Duty.
He made his England U20 debut in the 2017 Six Nations against France, also helping the side win the Grand Slam against Ireland.
2017: F, W, I(R)
2016 F, S, W(R), I, S, W, (R)
Last updated: 12 January 2018